Monthly Archives: April 2011

Physics for the 21st Century

Physics for the 21st Century is a course in modern physics for high school physics teachers, undergraduate students, and science enthusiasts. Explore the frontiers of physics research with the scientists on the front lines in this 11-unit course in modern physics for high school physics teachers, undergraduate students, and science enthusiasts.

Dark matter, string theory, particle accelerators, and other big topics in modern physics come together in this 11-part multimedia course for high school physics teachers, undergraduate students, and all adults who are fascinated by physics and cosmology. The course covers a broad scale, from sub-atomic particle physics, through atomic and molecular physics, to cosmology. The 11 video programs feature 22 case studies of researchers from leading research labs and universities who are breaking new ground in their fields. An extensive companion Web site provides background information and concepts found in a printable online textbook, interactive simulations, a course facilitator’s guide, and multiple other resources.

Produced by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Science Media Group in association with the Harvard University Department of Physics. 2010. The topics explored include:

The Basic Building Blocks of Matter
The Fundamental Interactions
Gravity
String Theory and Extra Dimensions
The Quantum World
Macroscopic Quantum Mechanics
Manipulating Light
Emergent Behavior in Quantum Matter
Biophysics
Dark Matter
Dark Energy

Galileo Lecture Series

The talks from the Galileo Lecture series from Radio New Zealand are freely available in both Ogg Vorbis and MP3 formats.

The Galileo Lecture series is produced by Radio New Zealand National in partnership with the Royal Society of New Zealand. It celebrates the 2009 International Year of Astronomy, marking 400 years since Galileo used a telescope to view the solar system and transformed our understanding of Earth’s place in the Universe.

This six-part series plays in our Sunday Feature slot beginning on 13 September 2009. Each lecture will be available on demand and for podcast after broadcast.

Galileo Lecture 1 – Galileo’s Telescope by Associate Professor Ruth Barton, The University of Auckland

Galileo Lecture 2 – The mystery of the first stars by Dr Grant Christie MNZM, Research Astronomer, Stardome Observatory.

Galileo Lecture 3 – The search for other planets, other lifeAlan Gilmore, Mt John Observatory, University of Canterbury

Galileo Lecture 4 – Comets and asteroids: clues to our origin and threats to our survival by Professor Jack Baggaley FRAS FRSNZ, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Canterbury

Galileo Lecture 5 – Neutrinos: Ghosts of the Universe by Dr Jenni Adams, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Canterbury.

Galileo Lecture 6 – The Square Kilometre Array by Brian Boyle, Director, Australian National Telescope Facility